About the South African Workplace Equality Index

What is the South African Workplace Equality Index?

The South African Workplace Equality Index (SAWEI) is a short survey seeking to benchmark and recognise the employers that are most friendly and inclusive towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in South Africa. 

Why have an index?

South Africa has one of the most liberal constitutions in the world protecting the rights of LGBT+ people, yet societal discrimination and exclusion still exist. A change in attitudes and acceptance in the workplace has the potential to create wider positive change.

Similar benchmarks in other countries have been a powerful way of helping companies benchmark themselves against peers and to identify areas of improvement.

Creating inclusive working environments not only impacts the lives of LGBT people in the workplace, but it helps foster a more diverse and inclusive environment for all employees. Happier employees make a happier company and a happier society.

Why participate?

  • You can assess your organisation's achievements and progress on LGBT+ equality
  • You can compare your company to other organisations and peers
  • You can opt to be completely anonymous or, equally, you can display your rating on your company website to demonstrate your inclusive credentials
  • You can identify best practice that can help promote diversity in all its forms in your organisation
  • It is free to participate

The SAWEI this year consists of only 10 multiple choice questions which will each require a form of supporting documentation to be submitted by your organisation online. It’s a very easy process and we can provide the necessary support along the way.

Remember that sponsors of the LGBT+ Forum receive more detailed advice on how to improve their rating. To find out how to be a sponsor see our sponsorship pages.

Register to participate

Registration is launching soon. If you have any questions in the interim please get in touch with us at SAWEI@lgbtforum.org